Former South African President and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela's love of Indonesian batik is legendary. Long-sleeved hand-crafted Indonesian batik shirts are his preferred dress, even on the most formal of State occasions.
In fact, such is Mr. Mandela's fondness for batik that the dress standards of a formal business suit when calling on the Queen at Buckingham Palace were reportedly waived, allowing the renowned African leader to pay his respects on HRH while wearing one of his favorite batik shirts from Indonesia.
Mardiana Ika Invited to Africa
Bali fashion pioneer, Ika Mardiana, recently received a formal invitation from Nelson Mandela to stage a series of fashion shows featuring Balinese batiks and traditional Indonesian woven textiles during a coming tour to South Africa.
The fashion tour is scheduled to take place in August of 2003.
Quoted in the English-language Jakarta Post, Mardiana Ika said "Mr. Mandela adores the ethnic textiles of Indonesia. Every time he attends a fashion show he usually wears batik or woven cloth."
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